Euro Trip – Pics

Euro Trip – Pics

Well made it home safe & sound. Covered 5300km. Enjoyed every km (well nearly every km)










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Spins……

Spins……

Took the Commie bike for a short spin to Fountainstown yesterday to blow some of the cobwebs out of it. Luckily I didn’t blow anything else out of it :thumbsup2:

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Today was too good to waste so I headed west


Inchigeela
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Inchigeela/Ballingeary road
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Ballingeary
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Gougane Barra
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Pass of Keimaneigh. The place gets it’s name (Ceim an Fhia, the Step of the Deer) from an old legend that a deer running from hounds jumped from the rocky outcrop at the right to the slightly lower outcrop at the left
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Carriganass Castle near Kealkil, one of the O’Sullivan Beare strongholds
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The Square, Bantry. One of my favourite places on a fine day
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The New Model School, Dunmanway. One Samuel Maguire is a past pupil
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I haven’t posted every pic here. They’re all on my Bookface page if anyone wants a look :thumbsup2:


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Day 10 – Euro Trip

Day 10 – Euro Trip

Had a bit of a sleep in this morning as breakfast wasn’t being served till 7.30, and a fine brekkie it was. Nothing much to report back on today. Rode out of lichenstien and back into Switzerland. Took a road that was adjacent to I imagine a massive lake of some sort. Went on for miles. Weather was nice today, sunny and 17c. Perfect for biking. Rode a lovely road coming into Baden Baden, through forest with loads of bends & switchbacks. Lots of signs on the road with pics of bikers with knee down. Must be a haunt with bikers. Back into France tomorrow for 2 nights before catching ferry in Cherbourg Friday night.


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Day 9 Euro Trip

Day 9 Euro Trip

Well it blew a Gale last nigh in Northern Italy. Didn’t sleep well as I didn’t know if the bike would blow over, or secondly, what type of neighbour hood I was parked in. Got a dose of the trots during the night too, fuck me, I pity the other guest who shared the same bathroom. At least it happened close to a Jack’s😀


Anyway, bike was fine this morning. Gave the chain a good old spraying last night after arriving. Headed off around 7.30 and had only 270km & 5hrs riding. Ride out of Trento was straight forward. Lovely snow capped mountains all around me. Seen a sign for Stelvio pass. This was not on my itenary, but if I’m this close, I’m going to do it.

As it happens, the pass was closed, but I did do another one which was unreal. Way up in the Alps with deep snow off each side. Kept to the speed limit as I didn’t want hassle from Swiss coppers. Didn’t even have to pay the toll for the pass, just got waved through. Got down to 4c up there. Highlight of my trip by far.

The Sat nav took me on a route that got me onto some sort of glazier train thingy. You drove on to this sort of open carriage train,paid 21 Swiss France and went through a tunnel for about 15 mind. From there is was 60km to vaduz.

Staying in a hostel, just had bite to eat. Dodgy small bowl of fish chowder in a watery, oily base, 2 pints of beer……26 fucking Euro it worked out.

Get me the fuck out of here. Back to Get many tomorrow.


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Day 8 of Euro trip

Day 8 of Euro trip

Early to bed, early to rise they say. Hit the hay early last night & knew I had a long day in the saddle. Checked forecast last night and decided to head off early to avoid too much heat later in the day.

On the bike at 5.30am. lovely morning,dry and 13c. Got through Croatia/slovian border without any hiccups this time.

Could see I was riding into shit weather, but didn’t realise I would have to endure 9hrs of it. Half the 500k trip was through mountain passes. Lots of switchbacks. Rain soon started to trickle into my gloves from running down my sleeves. Wasn’t able to get jacket sleeves out side gloves. Had heated grips on to try and dry as I went. My hands were shriveled up like prunes.

Shame bout the weather as Slovenia & Italy country side are fabulous. Think I rode through the dolomites. Italian drivers are the worst I’ve met. Missed one car breaking a main junction by a second, me going 110kph. Not good for the kacks.

Was glad to get to digs & jump in shower and get a pint in me.

Best & worst day. Best for roads and views worst for weather. In saying that, I’d prefer the rain than baking heat. That’s paddies for you.


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Euro trip – Day 7

Euro trip – Day 7

Up early again this morning & on the road at 6 am. Forecast was for dry weather & getting into low 20’s in Croatia. Traffic was light as it is Saturday.

Wasn’t long till I realised I needed fuel, but all stations were closed at this hour probably again it being Saturday. Got one at 7am and filled her up. Had my breakfast too, bananas and cereal bars. Shite.

Rolled back into Austria again which was no bad thing, nicer road surface and nicer scenery. Then I came across a border sign but couldn’t figure out what country it was as it was in their language. Figured it was Hungary as a lot of the cars had the H logo on their plates . Countryside same as Czech or Slovakia. Lots of forests and little villages every couple of km.

Then I got to Slovenia border. Slovenia is nicer in my opinion. People either have more money or something, but everything looks better.

Nothing exciting to report till I reached the Croatian border. There is still a passport control here. I rolled up,handed over my passport,guy scanned it,all good. Had my gloves off, so decided to pull forward past checkpoint so I wasn’t inpeding traffic. I didn’t realise I had passed a 2nd hatch that I was supposed to stop at. This cranky young cop or customs woman came over to me and started giving out that I didn’t stop. Grabbed my passport and went back into her kiosk. I had to walk back like a bold child and wait till she did her stuff. She gave out again. I just smiled and said…go raibh maith agat ….madra😀

After that it was 90km into Zagreb. About 2km to destination there were roadworks,so couldn’t go the way Sat nav was telling me. Getting flustered at this stage. 24c, full gear with lining, tired,hungry & bursting for a piss. Just had to remain calm & eventually got to digs.

By fuck, did I enjoy my shower. So that’s the latest.

Long day tomorrow. According to nav it’s 8hrs 45 mins. That will be more like 11hrs.

Italy….here I come😀


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